Jones, who is entering his third year in New York, is currently under contract through the 2022 season. But his fifth-year option for the 2023 season has yet to be picked up. And what happens with that fifth-year option is likely contingent on how Jones performs this season.
“We believe in Daniel, and we’re excited to see what he’s gonna do second year in the system,” Gettleman said. “Like I’ve said before, last year was his third system in three years. This will be his second year in the system.
“You know how diligent the kid is. We’ve talked about it all the time. He works just as hard on the field as he does off the field. He’s more comfortable, he’s more prepared, and it’ll be fun to see what happens when we finally get the full complement of players out there with him.”
Jones didn’t distinguish himself with the Giants last season, but he didn’t sink, either. And the fact that he was without Saquon Barkley most of the season and rarely had his full complement of wide receivers was less than ideal.
Entering the 2021 campaign, Jones should have a plethora of offensive weapons available to him, including Barkley — who could be ready for Week 1.
And as Jones works with those options at his disposal, Giants decision-makers will be determining whether he’s their guy long-term.
Is that something they’ll know definitively after the season?
“We certainly hope so,” Gettleman said. “The game is different. Our game is different from the college game — it’s very different. He’s got all the physical skills, he’s got all the mental skills. And I’m seeing a lot of good stuff out here. … last year was his third consecutive year in a different system.
“His decision-making is quicker out here (at training camp), he’s getting rid of the ball quicker. He’s throwing the ball well. He’s making progress like every other young kid and I think we’ll have a pretty good idea when the season is over.”
Speaking shortly after Gettleman, Mara weighed in on Jones’ future.
“Obviously we need to see more wins, but I do have a lot of confidence in Daniel,” Mara said. “One of the things that gives me that confidence is the way that the coaches in this building feel about him. They love him. They love everything about him.
“We just have to win some games. I like everything I see on the field with him. I like his leadership, I like his work ethic, I like the way the players respond to him. We just have to win some games now.”
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